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Really Cool Careers

Emily Heinz Bina '11

HuffPost Live Producer, New York City

The 2011 CSB graduate is situated in the swarm of New York City, working as a producer at HuffPost Live, an internet-based video streaming network run by The Huffington Post.

"Right now, my career is better than I could have envisioned. I work with brilliant people who have unique perspectives in the most interesting city in the world," Bina said. "I don't think, at 25, it gets much better than that." 

Colette S. Peters '93

Director, Oregon Department of Corrections 

"As the first female director of the Department of Corrections, I do feel that it is an honor, but I do know the responsibilities that come with that," Peters said. "I think even though every leader has the responsibility to - as I said - hire the best and the brightest and most diverse work force, I think that bar is raised for me."


Lt. Col. Mark Vande Hei '89

NASA astronaut

"I'm pretty confident that I'm going to get the chance to fly to the space station, largely because there's been so much effort already put into getting me ready to do that," Vande Hei said. "That's why I was hired. It's not a good investment if they hire folks like me and don't get us up on the space station. So, I fully expect to do that."


Michael Hayden '87 and Carla Noack '89 

Acclaimed actors

"I would just encourage students to take advantage of everything that is here, to see all the dance companies and shows and operas that come through here, but also to really take their time here by the horns and get involved," Noack said. "It's pretty easy as a theater major to spend all of your time here in the BAC, and I think that's a wonderful part of an education in theater. But I think what I've learned over the years is just what CSB/SJU taught me about getting involved in life." 

Trent Kirchner '00

Asst. Director of Pro Personnel, Seattle Seahawks

Kirchner attended school in Fulda, a town of 1,300 in southwestern Minnesota three hours from Collegeville and a million miles from the NFL. By the time Kirchner arrived in Collegeville, he was set on having a life in sports. Although he researched sports agents and spent a summer working with the Twins, Kirchner focused on football, his first love.

Meet More Alums

Equipped with a strong liberal arts education, our graduates venture off onto a wide variety of career paths. Here are some examples.

  • Movie Producer - Stephen Sommers '80 (English and Spanish Majors). Movie highlights include producing "The Mummy," "The Mummy Returns," and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," which grossed $56.2 million its opening weekend.
  • Foreign Service Officer - Erin Truhler '02 (Spanish and Peace Studies Major). Employed at the U.S. Embassy in Caracus, Venezuela.
  • White House Chief of Staff - Denis McDonough '92 (History Major). Employed by the Obama administration.
  • Judge - Margaret Hoffman '90 (Psychology Major). Dallas County Criminal Court, Texas.
  • NFL Team Physician - Patrick Mckenzie '79 (Natural Science Major). Medical director and team physician for the Green Bay Packers football team.
  • Peace Corps Volunteer - Kenzie Kraemer '08 (Nutrition Major). Volunteering in the Dominican Republic.
  • Former Chairman of the Academy of Country Music  - John Grady '77 (History Major). Other career highlights include helping Shania Twain launch her career and directing the marketing for the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Former president of Sony Nashville.  John recently opened a Crush Management office in Nashville.
  • Helotech - Alicia Ulwelling '94 (Biology Major). Transports science personnel and equipment to field sites at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.